Hungry Gods by Richa Lakhera: Book Review

Title: Hungry Gods

Author: Richa Lakhera

Publisher: Rupa Publications

Publishing Date: 20th July 2018

My Rating: 4 stars

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Crime thriller is one of my favourite genres and it’s hard to wait to read one when the cover of the book is powerful and appealing like this one.

Initially, the cover of the book gave me an impression of superhuman touch in the storyline or an interconnection with some natural adversity. But the blurb of the book totally proved me wrong and is beyond what I initially thought it would be.

Hungry Gods is a crime fiction packed up with extreme mention of drugs, sex, prostitution, dreadful murder scenes, illicit use of power and wealth. It’s a bold narrative of darkness that exists in a powerful world of glamour and wealth.

The book is a rare Indian crime thriller which narrates child abuse like never before, intense sexual desires of a superstar (though I recalled a similarity with Fifty Shades of Grey), account of prostitute Este’s life where her father and father of her daughter awfully was the same man and felonious activities of pharmaceutical company making drugs.

The author has written an extraordinary crime thriller which is very much odd in the context of Indian literature. And top of that her exceptional writing style which has already made me in awe of her. The choice of words and her narrative style is no doubt the strength of the book. And yes, I did reach out for my dictionary quite a few times for meanings and clarifications.


Each character will leave an imprint in the mind thus showing the author’s notable characterization skills. It was effortless to visualize the inhumanity and misery of their nature.

Well, in my view half of the work has been done by the book cover which is expressive and demonstrative with a quirky title.

What wasn’t Good

The plot jumps from one point of view to another without giving a hint of where the story leads to and thus it was hard for me to track the continuity of the chapters until I reach the end. It was only in later chapters that the real thrill started to make sense.

Also, the book concluded with a few unanswered questions and an unanticipated climax.


I would surely recommend this book to the ones who are committed fans of crime fiction and doesn’t mind reading the dark and bold narrative.


Have you happened to read this book? or thinking of it lately?

Do share your thoughts in the comments below.




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18 thoughts on “Hungry Gods by Richa Lakhera: Book Review

  1. Added as the 484th item of my Amazon Cart. When the review and the description of the book are so piquant, the book is bounded to end up in the cart. I want to know if the usage of recondite vocabulary in a book irritates the readers or is it all right for them to reach out for the dictionary in between the reading? What are your views about the frequency of such vocabulary that should not be an issue for a reader? Should a writer not resort to archaic, abstruse or recondite vocabulary and use only layman’s language? I want to know this from a reader’s point of view.

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    1. well, I think in the beginning it will be okay to refer dictionary, but when in reading flow, sometimes we tend to understand the meanings even without referring.
      Well, I don’t mind reading book with heavy vocabulary unless it is balanced.
      Using only layman language is convenient but it shouldn’t be like every time. Good words attract readers and do give a reading essence in true sense.

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  2. This sounds like a brave author to tackle these darkest things. Is there any place or subject an author should NOT go. I think writers should be free to shine a light, expose things hidden from most of us, but not many of us would want to or be able to. Well done for reviewing and yes the cover is amazing.

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